Mercyhurst assistant Mormina makes jump to AHL as new Hartford assistant coach

Mercyhurst assistant coach Joe Mormina has joined the New York Rangers system as an assistant coach of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

Mormina was the Lakers’ assistant coach during the 2016-17 season, marking his first season of coaching.

“I am looking to forward to working with players that are so close to achieving their childhood dream of playing in the National Hockey League,” said Mormina in a news release. “Being able to work with some of the best young talent in the world is very exciting.

“I would like to thank Rick Gotkin and Greg Gardner for giving me the opportunity to coach at Mercyhurst this past season. I learned that communication, work ethic and trust are the key building blocks to any successful team. I want to wish the team lots of success in the years to come.”

Before starting his coaching career, Mormina played 11 years in the AHL and one game in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes.

“We are so happy for Joe and wish him nothing but the best as he pursues his dream of becoming an NHL coach,” added Gotkin. “We will miss Joe, Anne, Catherine and Robby, but they will always be part of the Mercyhurst family.”

Prior to his professional career, he spent four years with Colgate, recording 16 goals and 56 points in 141 games. He was drafted in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.

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